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Check out our 2011 Annual Report!

Dear Friends,

Statistics at EBFP reflect the continued economic challenges experienced by our nation, state, and East Bay region.  The RI Community Food Bank reports that state-wide food pantry usage is up by 58% in four years and that member agencies are currently providing food for 60,000 Rhode Islanders.  EBFP’s service numbers have increased by 77% over the past three years and 4,000 East Bay residents now receive food support at our pantry.  Our fervent hope is that 2012 will bring improved economic conditions for our clients and their families and all those in need across our state.

The East Bay community continues to meet the challenge of providing for the ever-growing number of EBFP client households and fortunately that responsibility is shared by an increasing number of organizations, businesses, families, and individuals.  Our 2011 Annual Appeal shows a 90% increase in total donations and the number of donors grew by 84% over the prior year.  We are grateful that more and more people are hearing our message and embracing our mission.  We will continue to share the story of our crucial work with the goal of raising awareness of EBFP across the entire East Bay region.

An important component of our 2011 story has been the success of our Access Nutrition Initiative. Empowered with nutrition training by a registered dietician, our pantry volunteers consistently share the importance of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with our clients and provide support and assistance during their monthly pantry visit.  These highly nutritious target foods have been available consistently, all through the year, so that clients always have the option to select healthy foods in our pantry.  The growing and harvest seasons brought us fresh produce from individual growers, the Girl Scouts, Warren Community Garden, Magaziner Farm, and a whopping 1,000 pounds of fresh produce from Blithewold and nearly as much from Simmons Farm in Middletown.  In addition, Farm Fresh RI is now making monthly deliveries of produce and dairy donations contributed by member farms.

We are grateful for the talent and commitment of our board, staff, and fabulous volunteers and appreciate the many ways each and every one of you bring our mission to life – our combined efforts have provided the provisions for 320,295 meals since we opened our doors in August 2009!  We literally could not provide the depth and quality of services to our clients without the astounding dedication of our volunteers in giving nearly 8,000 hours of service to EBFP.  What a celebration – let’s keep up the great work together!

With hope and joy,                                                       Click here to read complete report!

Anita Randall, Executive Director  and  Jodi Leffingwell, President of the Board 2011